Christmas is coming, and this is a time of year where people make long journeys to see loved ones. It is also around now that the mercury tends to plummet and the cold weather can play havoc with usually reliable engines. However, there are ways to
Service and MOT
These are two pretty vital elements of car ownership, but sadly servicing tends to get overlooked. If you have a requirement for higher mileage, then it is advisable to get your car serviced every six months. For most people, a quick checkup gets tied into the MOT, and we assume that covers us for the whole year. So, if you are
In the Northolt area there are lots of garages so it can be stressful deciding where to go, so have a look around and maybe as for recommendations from friends if you are unsure. Currently, you can book MOT for as low as £39 from Iverson Tyres Middlesex branch, which is an excellent deal if your MOT is due now.
Check filters and fluids
Keeping the filters and fluids at the correct level will mean that the engine should be more robust against the cold and start first time every time. If you decide to run the engine to warm up the car from the inside be sure to stay with it, as your insurance is invalidated if the car is stolen when running
Tyres and brakes
Some people like to change their
Most petrol stations have an airline for hire; it only costs pence and means you can watch that issue for yourself. Checking your brakes is also highly advisable as braking distances are longer in wet or icy conditions and this can be made worse if your brake pads are badly worn. You need to ensure you can stop safely no matter what the weather is doing.
Overall keeping your car in tip-top condition all year should actually save you money and leave you at less of a risk of breaking down. If you are going on a long journey, it is always advisable to have breakdown cover in place.